STARS Connection - Week of April 16, 2018

STARS Connection - Week of April 16, 2018

STARS Connection - Week of April 16, 2018

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Parent Newsletter  Academy of Holy Angels
Week of April 16, 2018


Coming Up This Week: Musical Cinderella opens tomorrow, Starfest Homeroom Baskets, Tickets for Starfest, Pre-AP Chemistry entrance test, Collegiate Athletics and Activities, Service due date

We Want You To Know: Nominations accepted for Parent Association Award, Auction Items, Chromebook Repair Period, Construction News, Golf Tournament, Senior Photos, British Isles Trip, Summer Experience, Senior Posters, Senior Catering

A Look Ahead: Service Awards, Upcoming dates

From the College and Career Center: Sophomore College Planning Night, College Fair at STA, Graduation Line-Up

Extras: Kudos, Sports Schedules, Lunch Menus

Coming up this week COMING UP THIS WEEK

Cinderella opens tomorrow

Academy of Holy Angels Starlight Productions presents its 2018 Spring Musical: Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella. The musical opens on Friday, April 13th and runs for 2 weekends and a total of 6 performances. Tickets are general admission and are $5 for students and seniors and $10 for adults. Reservations can be made by emailing (preferred) or by calling 612-798-2651.  See the flier and get dates and times. See preview video.

Starfest Homeroom Basket contributions due by Friday, April 13

For the past five years, the Starfest committee has requested that each homeroom make a donation to the Starfest silent auction. These donations are very popular with our guests. To see the donation or theme your child's homeroom has chosen, please see this list. We would like to have the donations completed by Friday, April 13. Thank you for your help with this project.

Starfest 2018RSVP deadline is Monday, April 16

Starfest live auction items include an interactive Cuban cocktail class with Spoon and Stable's head bartender, a luxury Bahamas villa for a week, AHA parking spots, a weekend getaway to Boston with Red Sox tickets, date night for a year, and more! Don't miss this year's exciting event! Individual tickets or full tables are available online or via mailed RSVP cards. Get tickets now.

Starfest: Event Volunteers Wanted

Have fun, meet new people and support AHA by volunteering for Starfest! We are in need of individuals to assist with Starfest final touch-ups, selling game tickets, running silent auction items and cleaning up. There are a number of slots available before, during and after the event. Please consider helping out! To do so, please sign up on the SignUp Genius page at Questions may be directed to Michelle Lynch at

Pre-AP Chemistry entrance test

Students who have registered to take Pre AP Chemistry for next year must take the entrance exam. The exam will be held on two dates: Wednesday, April 18th at AHA in rooms 1345 and 1241 from 2:45-3:30 p.m. and on Thursday, April 19th at AHA in room 1345 from 7:15-8:00 a.m. Please contact Ms. Harvalis at for further details or questions.

Honoring Students who will compete in college athletics and activities

AHA wants to honor seniors intending to participate in a collegiate sport or activity. If your son or daughter intends to participate next year, please notify Athletic Director Michael Kautzman at Students will be honored at our April 26th Convocation.

Last Service Requirement due date is April 18th

The last  due date for service this year is April 18th. After serving at All School Service Day 3 hours will be added in X2vol automatically. More info here.  See or email your theology teacher or Mr. Ruhland if you have questions.

We want you to know


2017-2018 Parent Association Staff Service and Dedication Award

It is a tradition for the AHA Parent Association to honor a non-teaching AHA staff member on behalf of the Parent Community during Celebration Day the end of each school year. So of course, we would like to collect nominations from parents! We are looking for a non-teaching staff member who encompasses living out the AHA Way in their daily role as staff members at Holy Angels.

This non-teaching staff member may have helped you/your family, or you may have witnessed this person assisting others in the AHA Community. Share with us positive experience(s) that left you feeling that AHA is a place where people are empowered to succeed.

Please email Joan McCrory, PA Chair, with your nomination that highlights how this non-teaching staff member lives out the AHA Way. (All nominations will be kept confidential. If preferred, submit a sealed written nomination to the school office: Attention Parent Assoc.) Please have all nominations in by Friday, May 4th. Thank you!

Auction Items Still Needed

Are you interested in donating to Starfest but don’t know what or how you can help?  If you have Delta Skymiles (and I am sure other airlines have the same), you can use your SkyMiles to buy items or gift cards.  Be creative!!  Delta Giftcards would be amazing to bundle with packages in the Live Auction.  Thank you in advance!!!  Email me with any questions! - Mary Hughes, Starfest Committee/Auction Lead

Chromebook repair period is April 16th through May 11th

All students will turn in their Chromebooks before the end of the school year. It is the student's responsibility to report damage immediately. Students should bring their Chromebook to the helpdesk before May 11th for repair (if it is needed) to avoid fines. Read more, see important dates and schedule of possible fines.

How one top Cyber expert keeps her own kids safe online

The internet continues to create new challenges for parents, 1 in 3 of whom reported being concerned about their children's digital habits, according to the Pew Research Center. Read more from HuffPost.

Construction News

The 66th street Construction Project has a new start date. Hennepin County's work to widen and reconstruct the road and convert the current intersection at Nicollet Avenue and 66th Street from stop lights to a roundabout may begin any day now. Read more.

Shoot for the Stars Golf Tournament is June 13

Sign up today for AHA's annual Golf Tournament, Shoot for the Stars, to be held at Deer Run in Victoria on June 13. Hosted by the AHA boys and girls hockey teams, the golf tournament supports enhancements for both hockey programs. Get more information and sign up online

Senior photos are requested for the Senior Slide Show

The yearbook will be creating a senior slide show that will be shown at a convocation and the senior retreat. Each slide will include 2-4 pictures (preschool, elementary, high school, graduation). We are able to use any pictures that have been submitted for yearbook ads and all senior portraits. If you did not buy an ad or did not include preschool or elementary pictures in your ad, please send photos to Please attach all photos to a single email. Photos are due Monday, April 30th.

Still space in the British Isles 2019 Trip

SOPHOMORES AND JUNIORS:  Just think, next year at this time you could be in Ireland, Scotland, and England!! (March1-10, 2019)  There are a few spots open for the trip if you are interested. Go to Number 2078344VX to view details and register for the trip.  See Mrs. Boston in 3237 for any questions or more information.  Cheerio!

Summer Experience registration open

Register your middle-school child for Summer Experience! AHA offers a variety of camps hosted by Holy Angels staff and coaches where students are taught the basics in a challenging but supportive environment. From football to dance to theater, there is something for every student. Camps are held June 11-14, 18-21, and 25-28. Most camps are two hours long, four days a week. Cost is $100 and geared primarily for grades 6,7 and 8, but there are some exceptions. Get more information and register now.

Senior Poster Information

Class of 2018 Parents: AHA has a long-standing tradition of celebrating each senior by displaying a poster of each student. The poster usually captures favorite memories from childhood, school days and/or family times in a collage format. The posters will be on display at the reception following the Baccalaureate Mass on May 30th and completed, laminated posters should be dropped off at the school by May 25th, 2018. Get more details.

Senior Catering promotion

Pinstripes is offering a discount for Class of 2018 catering. Get details.


Blue and Gold Awards form due by May 1

Students intending to receive a Blue and Gold Awards should meet the hour requirement by May 1, (minus 3 hours that will be served on All School Service Day). All School Service Day hours will be added automatically the following day.  Students should complete the form available in the Daily Bulletin by May 1. Students not completing this form will not be recognized or awarded certificate on All School Service Day.

Upcoming Dates:

  • April 13: AHA Musical Cinderella opens
  • April 17: Sophomore College Planning Night
  • April 18: PLC Late Start
  • April 25: College Fair @ STA
  • April 27: E Schedule; WAC Conferences
  • April 28: Starfest
  • April 30-May 4: Justice Week
  • May 2: PLC Late Start
  • May 4: St. Joseph Prayer Service
  • May 7: AP exams begin

See Full Calendar


Sophomore College Planning Night is April 17

Sophomores and their parents are invited to attend the Sophomore Parent College Planning Night on Tuesday, April 17 at 6:30 p.m. in the Chapel. The College Counselors will be discussing several items including suggestions on college planning, information on the college fair on April 25th, suggestions for college visits, standardized testing timelines and tips on utilizing the information in Naviance Family Connection. We look forward to seeing you and your sophomore on April 17! Questions? Contact Ms. Kjorstad at or 612-798-2691.

College Fair at Saint Thomas Academy is April 25

Holy Angels, Visitation and Saint Thomas Academy share a college fair for sophomores and juniors and it will be held this year at Saint Thomas Academy on Wednesday, April 25 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Our college fair will utilize Lead Retrieval technology. This is the same technology used at the National College fair in Minneapolis, if you attended that fair last fall. This technology allows student to create a bar code of their information that will then be scanned by colleges at the fair. Students will no longer have to fill out interest cards for each college, maximizing their time in conversation with college representatives. In order for this to run as smoothly as possible students are highly encouraged to create their bar code prior to arrival at the fair. Students can register and create their bar code at Once on the site, scroll through the college fair options until you find the Catholic College Fair at Saint Thomas Academy. Get the flyer with more information.

First Graduation Line-Up Practice is Monday, April 16

Seniors will have their first Graduation Line-Up practice during homeroom on Monday, April 16 with a second practice Tuesday, May 1. Graduates process by height at Holy Angels so it would be ideal if female students had the shoes they will be wearing for Graduation by practice on May 1.



Kudos to 

  • the STARS Baseball team, who traveled to Iowa over the break and were able to practice outside in Cedar Rapids. They attended a Good Friday liturgy together. See photo.

  • Ellie Koontz '18 and Emma Benz '18, who were selected to participate in the MNVBCA All-Star game this summer in Sauk Rapids. The STARS head coach, Tom Emanuel, was also chosen to serve as a coach for the game.

  • Head Volleyball Coach Tom Emanuel, for being named Section 4AA Coach of the Year for the second year in a row. Tom's team this year took third place in State and also received the Gold Academic Award.

  • Members of the STARS Tennis program, who spent time over the weekend volunteering at Inner City Tennis "Super Saturday" in south Minneapolis. See photo.

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